Thompson Named Sonoco VP, Marketing and Innovation

Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., USA, announced that Marcy Thompson has been named VP, marketing and innovation. Thompson will lead Sonoco's marketing function, including an initiative to develop a focused consumer insights and end-use market strategy to better serve the company's customers. Thompson reports to Rob Tiede, SVP, global Consumer Packaging and Services, and John Colyer, SVP, global Industrial Products and Protective Solutions.

Previously, Thompson headed the North American Rigid Paper division since 2011. Group VP Howard Coker will temporarily take over the division's day-to-day operations until a successor is named and will maintain responsibilities for Sonoco's global Rigid Paper, Closures, and Plastics businesses. To assist Coker during this interim period, Tiede will assume executive leadership of the company's global Plastics businesses.

Thompson joined Sonoco in 2006 as division VP of sales and marketing for the North American Industrial Products Division where she later became division VP and GM. Prior to becoming a corporate officer in 2011 and leading Rigid Paper North America, she was division VP and GM, Sonoco Recycling LLC, and division VP and GM of the company's North America Tubes and Cores Division.

Thompson joined Sonoco from General Electric's Commercial Finance business where she was chief marketing officer, Healthcare Financial Services. She previously held several sales, marketing, and business leadership positions with General Electric, The Gillette Co., and Inland Steel Co. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in metallurgy, and has earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.